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Trevis Simpson led Blackwater with 23 points in the defeat.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gilas Pilipinas caught fire from downtown and nipped Blackwater, 105-101, in their tuneup game Friday at Meralco Gym.Carl Bryan Cruz had the hot hand, draining 22 points, 11 in the fourth period, including three treys in the final 5:28 to ignite the Nationals’ huge finishing kick.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES View comments LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera The hardworking Alaska forward nailed the go-ahead trey with 2:21 to give Gilas a 98-95 lead, and made two of his three freebies to extend the lead to five with 1:38 to play.Christian Standhardinger added 13 markers, while Mike Myers chipped in 12 points in the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsGilas also beat NLEX, 113-112, in its first tuneup game on Wednesday.The Nationals will face Alaska on Saturday. Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend McIlroy set to miss the cut at Irish Open Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’
OTTAWA – The number of homes sold in September climbed for the second month in a row after a slowdown earlier this year that was led by a cooling in the Toronto market.Canadian Real Estate Association said Friday sales through its Multiple Listing Service in September were up 2.1 per cent compared with the previous month. The increase followed a 1.3 per cent increase in August.TD Bank senior economist Michael Dolega said unlike the gain in August, that was driven by Toronto, the increase for September was more widespread.But he noted rising interest rates and coming regulatory changes, including a potential new stress test for borrowers with uninsured mortgages, could impinge on the housing market.“Having said that, after some near-term weakness, likely to last into mid-2018, activity should begin to rebound thereafter given the fundamentally supported demand related to strong job growth and strengthening wage dynamics,” Dolega wrote in a note to clients.Home sales in Canada had been slowing this year following changes by the Ontario government aimed at cooling the Toronto market. CREA noted that sales in September were down almost 12 per cent from the record set in March before Ontario announced its housing plan.Also weighing on the real estate market has been rising mortgage rates.The Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target twice this year, driving the big bank prime rates and the cost of variable-rate mortgages higher. The cost of new fixed-rate mortgages have also risen as yields on the bond market have also risen.Meanwhile, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions is finalizing new lending guidelines. Among the changes being considered is a requirement that homebuyers who do not require mortgage insurance still have to show they can make their payments if interest rates rise.CREA noted that while the September sales results were encouraging, it is too early to tell if it is start of a longer-term trend.“Further tightening of federal regulations aimed at cooling housing markets in Toronto and Vancouver risks creating collateral damage in markets elsewhere in Canada,” CREA chief economist Gregory Klump said.The increase in sales in September was led by gains in Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Island, the Greater Toronto Area, London and St. Thomas, Ont., and Barrie, Ont.Compared with a year ago, sales in September were down 11 per cent as the number of homes sold were down in close to three-quarters of all local markets.The national average price for homes sold in September was just over $487,000, up 2.8 per cent from a year ago. Excluding Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto, the average price was just over $374,500.
CALGARY – Pembina Pipeline Corp. (TSX: PPL) says its board of directors has approved construction of an export terminal at Prince Rupert, B.C., to be used to send liquefied Western Canadian propane to markets in Asia and Central America.The Calgary-based company says the project on Watson Island is expected to cost about $260 million, up from an estimate of $150 million made last spring, due to minor scope changes, dock maintenance and additional site preparation.Pembina’s facility, which still requires regulatory and environmental approvals, is expected to be in service by mid-2020 and will have a permitted capacity of about 25,000 barrels per day of propane.Meanwhile, construction is underway on a terminal on Ridley Island near Prince Rupert that was green-lighted early this year by Calgary-based AltaGas Ltd. (TSX:ALA).The project, which its builder says will be the first propane export terminal on Canada’s West Coast, is expected to cost $475 million and have capacity of 1.2 million tonnes per year when it opens in 2019.Both facilities are to use rail cars, not pipelines, to transport propane from Alberta and B.C. to their facilities.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Swanson Lumber Road is closed in both directions at the CN rail cross after a derailment.Overnight Thursday one rail car left the tracks and crews from CN are currently assessing how to remove the train.The rail car that left the tracks is on the Swanson Lumber Road and particularly in the ditch.There is no estimate on when the road will be open.
RABAT – Hundreds of protesters gathered Thursday to demand change on the anniversary of Morocco’s pro-reform movement, born out of Arab Spring unrest three years ago, but weaker than it once was.Members of the February 20 movement were joined in Rabat by unemployed school leavers and Berber activists as they waved banners and chanted slogans denouncing corruption, injustice and despotism outside parliament, an AFP journalist reported.A separate demonstration was planned in Casablanca. But the numbers — about 300 hundred protesters in Rabat — were far smaller than in 2011, when tens of thousands took to the streets to call for wholesale democratic reform.“Nothing has changed. Corruption remains. The government that came to power has not been able to respond to the demands of the people,” veteran human rights activist Khadija Ryadi told AFP.In response to the protests in 2011, the Moroccan king introduced a new constitution designed to curb his near-absolute powers and held snap polls in November that year that saw the moderate Islamist Party of Justice and Development elected for the first time.The PJD, which had campaigned in particular to battle corruption, brought real hope of change, and many activists remain disillusioned by the little that the Islamists have achieved since and that few of the constitution’s provisions have been implemented.“There is disappointment that very little has changed, but change will not happen in a few months,” said Qods, 23, attending Thursday’s protest.“The movement has been weakened, but no one can deny that it gave us a new constitution and an election that brought a new government to power.”“Its other great achievement is that there is no more fear to demand change, whether social or economic, even if the regime responds to those demands with repression,” the student added.Analysts say the turmoil in other North African countries where the 2011 uprisings toppled decades-old dictatorships, notably Libya and Egypt, was a key factor behind the decline in support for the February 20 movement.The election of the Islamist party and the sometimes harsh repression of protests also played their part.Scores of protesters have been arrested since the movement began, and activists say more than 30 of its members remain in prison.
ATLANTA – A man died after he fell approximately 65 feet from an upper level of Atlanta’s Turner Field during a Braves-Phillies game Monday.According to Atlanta police reports, at approximately 8:55 p.m., the unidentified man fell from the at the stadium and landed in a secure parking lot.Initial reports indicate that the fall appeared to be accidental and that it is too early to tell if alcohol played a factor. During the initial stages of the investigation police are questioning eyewitnesses to evaluate how the incident occurred.The game was scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m., but heavy rains pushed back the start time nearly two hours. The man fell during the rain delay.This is the second death from a fall to occur at an Atlanta sporting event over the last year. On Aug. 31, 2012, a Tennessee fan fell 45 feet to his death at the Georgia Dome during a football game between North Carolina State and Tennessee.
Upon the conclusion of Monday night’s NCAA men’s basketball championship game – and as an aside, thank you, Louisville, for beating Michigan – many of my fellow Buckeyes immediately flipped their internal switches to the next sport on the docket – football. In Columbus, it seems we only have three seasons: football, March Madness and spring football, and despite Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta’s best efforts, the March Madness season is usually grouped together with winter football conditioning anyway. Such is life at a university that doubles as a football powerhouse. Be honest. I know what you were doing last night. You were sitting there, watching “One Shining Moment” put a nice little bow on the basketball season while you planned your road trip to Cincinnati for this weekend’s spring football game at Paul Brown Stadium. But stop. Stop it right now. Put Urban Meyer on the backburner for – gasp – two weeks. That’s it. I understand football is awesome. I love football. I love football more than my unborn future children, who will undoubtedly be twins and will undoubtedly be named Scarlett and Grayson. I’m not telling you to forget about football. I’m not telling you to bail on the Spring Game. But I am asking you, the OSU student who is probably wearing some article of OSU-branded clothing right now as you read this, to expand your taste palette a tad. Show that Buckeye loyalty exists outside the gates of Ohio Stadium and the Schottenstein Center. Challenge yourself to use these last two weeks of school and go watch a so-called “minor” sport here at OSU. Some of you, myself included, only have two more weeks left on this campus as a student. Use it wisely. Go see student-athletes who work just as hard as our football and basketball players but who receive a fraction of the glory and recognition. Take a few hours and watch senior attacker Logan Schuss and the No. 13 men’s lacrosse team in action at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Come see the No. 5 ranked men’s tennis team, led by coach Ty Tucker, play a home match. Odds are you’ll see them win, because they haven’t lost at home in a decade. Yes, a decade. Take a trip to Buckeye Field and watch sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico dominate some hapless batter for the softball team. Come to Bill Davis Stadium and see redshirt senior pitcher Brad Goldberg do the same for the baseball team. Support the men’s and women’s golf and track teams. Show up for women’s tennis and rowing. Men’s volleyball, too. They’re all Buckeyes. They all deserve attention. You consider yourself a big Buckeye fan, right? Prove it. OSU doesn’t just play football and basketball. Come watch some of your fellow students do what they love. Come support some athletes who compete every bit as hard as junior quarterback Braxton Miller and junior guard Aaron Craft. There are 36 different varsity teams on this campus, and they all call themselves Buckeyes. Let them know this university’s fandom runs deeper than football and basketball. They deserve it.
Sophomore Kyle Skinner gets ready to serve the ball on at the game on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Lantern ReporterFollowing a trip to the West Coast, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team will try and earn a win after losing three straight when the Buckeyes travel to Missouri to take on Lindenwood Friday, and Quincy on the road in Illinois Saturday. The Buckeyes (4-8, 0-2) are looking for their first win since their four-set victory against Lincoln Memorial at home on Feb. 2. They’ve lost nine straight sets since then to then-unranked Purdue Fort Wayne, No. 6 UC Santa Barbara and No. 1 Long Beach State. Ohio State is also going for its first league win after losses to the Mastodons and then-No. 13 Ball State earlier this season.Head coach Pete Hanson said he’s trying to get his young team to find ways to keep momentum when the match is on the line. “We’re still just making some young errors at really critical times that can keep momentum going,” Hanson said. “A lot of times, that’s what this game is all about: Can you keep a scoring run going or can you stop a scoring run by the other team? We’re just struggling to kind of find ways to get those two things accomplished and a lot of that is youth right now.” Both the Lions and the Hawks share identical records with the Buckeyes. Lindenwood (4-8, 0-2) comes into the match on Friday fresh off losses to No. 10 Lewis and then-No. 8 Loyola Chicago. The Lions are led by redshirt sophomore Charley Hlavin, who has accounted for 103 kills, 52 digs and six aces this season. The Lions and the Buckeyes have had two common opponents this season: Penn State and Saint Francis. Both teams are 1-1, with the Buckeyes having beaten Penn State at home, while the Lions have a five-set road win against the the Red Flash. Quincy (4-8, 0-2) will face the Buckeyes Saturday after having played against league foe McKendree two nights before. The Hawks are currently on their own three-match losing streak, featuring straight-set defeats against then-No. 8 Loyola Chicago and No. 10 Lewis and a four-set loss to Lourdes. The Hawks are led by junior outside hitter Omari Wheeler, who has amassed 160 kills, 60 digs and eight aces this season. Both the Buckeyes and the Hawks fell in straight-sets to their only common opponent: No. 1 Long Beach State. Ohio State will have to lean on the youth on its roster to come up big this weekend. Injuries to major contributors such as senior setter Sanil Thomas and sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes have given some younger players more opportunities. Freshman outside hitter Jack Stevens, a serving specialist for the Buckeyes, said he’s been learning a lot from the upperclassmen about how to adjust to playing at the collegiate level. “All the older guys have taught me a lot about just the hard work and dedication it takes to succeed at this level, whether it’s in the practice gym, the weight room, or in the classroom,” Stevens said. “All these guys have been working hard for four or five years. It’s really cool to learn from them.” Ohio State will face Lindenwood at 8 p.m. Friday in Saint Charles, Missouri, and Quincy at 8 p.m. Saturday in Quincy, Illinois.
Just after he signed a five-year deal at Camp Nou, Umtiti has now turned his head to Russia and the performance of the France international team there.Samuel Umtiti is now relaxed as he has already done everything he can for the near future – he is a part of the France team, he just signed a five-year contract extension with Barcelona, despite being linked with a move to Manchester United earlier this season, and is now in a relaxed mood.Winning the La Liga and Copa del Rey with the Catalan side, Umtiti will certainly play a key part in France’s participation in the tournament in Russia.Barca’s Umtiti out for weeks with broken bone George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken bone in his foot.Last week, Samuel Umtiti withdrew from…“Since my extension, I feel light, I can concentrate only on the field. I had already gone through that [transfers] in the European Championships. It was better to do so [in this way],” Umtiti said, according to Goal.“In this team, there are quite a few young players but some with experience. We must not force leadership. What makes the strength of this group is unity,” Umtiti added, addressing the international team.“We must play seriously but without pressure. We’re looking for landmarks, automatism. This is the purpose of the preparation.”